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Dictionary definition for: Support

1. (v) give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to; "She supported him during the illness" "Her children always backed her up"

2. (n) the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities; "his support kept the family together" "they gave him emotional support during difficult times"

3. (n) aiding the cause or policy or interests of; "the president no longer had the support of his own party" "they developed a scheme of mutual support"

4. (v) support materially or financially; "he does not support his natural children" "The scholarship supported me when I was in college"

5. (v) be behind; approve of; "He plumped for the Labor Party" "I backed Kennedy in 1960"

6. (n) something providing immaterial support or assistance to a person or cause or interest; "the policy found little public support" "his faith was all the support he needed" "the team enjoyed the support of their fans"

7. (n) a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission; "they called for artillery support"

8. (v) be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof" "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam" "What''s holding that mirror?"

9. (v) establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his story confirmed my doubts" "The evidence supports the defendant"

10. (n) documentary validation; "his documentation of the results was excellent" "the strongest support for this this view is the work of Jones"

11. (n) the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was expected to pay for their keep" "he applied to the state for support" "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"

12. (v) adopt as a belief; "I subscribe to your view on abortion"

13. (n) supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support"

14. (v) support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm; "The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"

15. (v) argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"

16. (n) the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening; "he leaned against the wall for support"

17. (n) a subordinate musical part; provides background for more important parts

18. (v) play a subordinate role to (another performer) "Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"

19. (v) be a regular customer or client of; "We patronize this store" "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"

20. (n) any device that bears the weight of another thing; "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"

21. (n) financial resources provided to make some project possible; "the foundation provided support for the experiment"

22. (v) put up with something or somebody unpleasant; "I cannot bear his constant criticism" "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks" "he learned to tolerate the heat" "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"

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